The new Toyota Yaris has emphatically proved its real-world efficiency, claiming the What Car? True MPG Award with the best figures ever recorded in the magazine’s rigorous fuel economy test.
It’s another independent validation of the leap in performance delivered by the fourth generation of Toyota’s self-charging hybrid electric system that powers the all-new hatchback, launched in 2020. The technology significantly increases the time and distance the car can be driven in pure electric EV mode, with zero emissions and zero fuel consumption.
Commenting on Yaris Hybrid’s performance, What Car? Editor Steve Huntingford said: “Our True MPG test proves that the new Yaris Hybrid has a remarkable ability to sip fuel gently. In town, it achieved 80mpg – almost double the economy of conventionally powered small hatchbacks. And overall it’s the most efficient car we’ve ever tested, managing 59.3mpg.”
Proving that a car doesn’t have to be small to maximise the potential of Toyota’s hybrid tech, the RAV4 Hybrid was singled out in the awards for giving the best True MPG around town. In fact, the family-sized SUV used even less fuel than Yaris on urban routes in the What Car? trial.
“The RAV4 debunks the myth that large SUVs are gas guzzlers, because when we put it throughout our True MPG test, its urban fuel economy was 10mpg higher than the next best car (91.9mpg compared to Yaris in second place),” said Huntingford.
Even greater efficiency is in store for the RAV4 range in 2021 with the introduction early this year of the new RAV4 Plug-in. The new flagship of Toyota’s hybrid vehicle line-up and the most powerful RAV4 yet made, it will deliver rival-beating performance all-round with 302bhp, 282.5mpg, 22g/km CO2 emissions and 46 miles EV all-electric driving range (WLTP data)